March 2008


Special Events29 Mar 2008 09:31 am

by Diane Malone
28 Mar 2008

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Franco Zeffirelli interviewed by Ira Siff

  Among the tributes that came to the legendary Producer, Designer and Director Franco Zeffirelli, in the remaining days of this past March, a little gem of a celebration was held at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes and Noble bookstore, on the evening of March 28th. The event, which was free to the public, included an up-close interview with Franco Zeffirelli, performances from his Metropolitan Opera colleagues, and a signing of a limited edition of a hagiographical book about his Met productions as well as other vast memorabilia that documents the career of the award-winning producer and director of opera, theatre, film and television.

franco zeffirelli  Franco Zeffirelli entered the reception to a standing ovation from his fans, friends, and colleagues. Among audience attendees was the former General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Joseph Volpe, who had a long, successful collaboration with Franco Zeffirelli, at the Met. The press coverage was vast and extended to the Italian news media. Independent film Director Abel Ferrara had his film crew cover the entire event for a documentary he is shooting on Franco Zeffirelli. Then the fabulous voices of the Metropolitan Opera house came, both old and new. Aprile Millo was the gracious hostess and a longtime friend of Franco Zeffirelli, with whom she had many memorable performances with at the Metropolitan Opera house.  

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Marcello Giordani performing Nessun Dorma from Turandot.franco zeffirelli
Aprile Millo and Marcello Giordani performing from Tosca. 

   Marcello Giordani performed the aria Nessun Dorma magnificently, dedicated to both Franco Zeffirelli and to the late Luciano Pavarotti. Later, Marcello Giordani joined Aprile Millo for the love duet from Act I of Tosca. Their voices were golden and clearly gave flight to Franco Zeffirelli’s visions of opera. Baritone Mark Delavan performed as well to the delight of the audience. The performances were followed by an interview with Ira Siff. Franco Zeffirelli, as he settled into the sage green chair that awaited him, spoke fondly of intriguing memories and kept the audience captivated in the style of all Zeffirelli productions. 

 

All photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008. 

Restaurants15 Mar 2008 09:03 am

by Lucy Foster
15 Mar 2008

   If you feel in a Halloween mood, you might want to check out the Jekyll and Hyde restaurant of Greenwich Village located at 91 7th Avenue, South (between W. 4th st. and Barrow st.) This three story restaurant warns its guests of a spooky event that should occur every ten minutes while they enjoy there usual dining experience. Founded in 1931, Jekyll and Hyde Restaurant & Bar, is filled with all sorts of souvenirs, collectibles, creatures and memorabilia that come to life at unexpected times. Guests can witness several popular characters at this unusual restaurant such as Dreadmina the Vampire, Claw the Gargoyle, or Tobias the Werewolf. They even have a genuine Egyptian mummy on board! Monsters and creatures await your visit!
   The menu at this creepy restaurant consists of 62 dishes that you can create such as Create-Your-Own-Monster burgers, or Frankenstein’s Favorite, which has cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon. I had Frankenstein’s Favorite which was quite good. The menu also has a variety of pizza choices with a bunch of different toppings. They also have a large selection of beers to choose from, from 52 different varieties of American beers to a long list of international beers. I chose Thomas Hardy’s Ale, which is from Britain and was very refreshing. Jekyll and Hyde’s has an outdoor sidewalk cafe where you can enjoy your meal during nice weather. 
   There’s an uptown location of this restaurant as well but you if don’t want to wait on long lines to get in, this Greenwich Village location is just as good. The entertainment of the restaurant is fun and gets you some laughs during your meal. When I went there was a family nearby with kids and they were having laugh after laugh at the actors that were entertaining. Overall, an entertaining restaurant to visit. Beer lovers will love the selection here! Call for reservations (212) 989-7701.